Hi, Hummingbird of Death. Your latest stuff, the split with Beartrap was released last December. You must be excited?
More relieved than anything! Our songs were recorded way back in January 2012. It’s about time they saw the light of day!
First of all, we would like to know about the formation of the band. When and how was it formed? Do you think the band name ‘Hummingbird of Death’ perfectly describes your music and philosophy?
Our original guitarist Justin and I (Mike) started the band in 2005. Hummingbird Of Death was just a cool name I came up with, but it was pretty serendipitous how well the name encapsulates our music: fast like a hummingbird’s wings, yet brutal like death caused by hummingbirds would probably be.
Okay now tell us something about the split with Beartrap, and the lyrical themes behind each track. What are the ideas you wanted to put across?
This is funny because your question is longer than the lyrics to most of the songs. I’ll pick out a few:
DRUG CARTELS – Just me knowing about some of the problems Mexico has with drug cartels and being scared to tour there. I have friends who have toured through Mexico so I will just have to get over it and try it sometime.
LOSER – Seems especially poignant now that Donald Trump has been elected president! American politics has almost literally become a reality show.
A TOUCH TOO MUCH – Inspired by Bryan Stow, who was beaten to disability and near death literally because he was a fan of a certain professional sports team. Doesn’t sound to me like a reason to be beaten to disability and near death.
ACQUIRE KNOWLEDGE – Very frustrating to see the public education system in certain parts of the U.S. run by people who basically want to teach the Bible.
Where and when did you record songs for this split? Are you satisfied with it?
As mentioned, the songs were recorded in January 2012. They were intended for a split with the late xBrainiax, but when they broke up and couldn’t follow through, Beartrap stepped in to take their place. We recorded our side at home on Justin’s 8-track (he was still in the band at the time). I like the material and some of the concepts we tried (an a cappella intro, a reprise, a two-chord song and so on). I do wish we could have gotten a better mix. We did the best we could with what we had, though.
Are you going to to release some fresh official band merch?
We would sure like to. Those kinds of things do require a bit of capital investment. HOD is not the kind of band that makes money.
What are Hummingbird of Death’s musical and non-musical influences?
No Comment, Napalm Death, Kaizo Mario, astronomy, American politics, Mega Man, Propagandhi, lots more.
Could you please express your personal views on religion and god?
Religion is probably the worst thing ever invented. The concept of god has little bearing on my life and is not particularly something to which I’m interested in finding any answers.
Shall we expect some gigs across USA or Europe near time?
We hope to execute a North American tour this fall. Anyone who wants to book us, feel free to get in touch. firstname.lastname@example.org
When shall fans to expect something new from you? Videoclip, single, documentary etc?
We are recording a new album in February. With any luck we can release it this summer and tour to support it.
Thanks a lot for the interview. Speak out to your fans, supporters, critics and our readers before we wrap up!
We really appreciate everyone who has supported us for over a decade now! Thank you for sticking with us.